Glamorous, elegant and undeniably gorgeous, the small principality of MONACO sits on the stunning French Riviera and is known for its yacht-lined harbour, grand casinos, and the yearly Grand Prix Formula One motor race, one of the most prestigious and most important automobile races in the world. Add to all that the pleasantly warm climate that MONACO enjoys most of the year and it is not hard to see why the principality is a magnet for travellers, especially the rich and famous.
The traditional quarters of Monaco are; Monaco-Ville, La Condamine, Monte Carlo and Fontvieille. These four quarters plus Moneghetti are the five modern geographic areas in the Principality of Monaco.
Things to see and do
- Peep inside or try your luck at the legendary Casino de Monte-Carlo, Monaco’s marble-and-gold casino complex and one of the most opulent example of belle époque architecture in Europe.
- See the world’s largest cactus and succulent collection in the Jardin Exotique and wander its maze of paths, bridges and stairs.
- Get lost in the small, windy medieval lanes of Le Rocher’s old town and stronghold of the Grimaldis.
- Visit the Palais Princier de Monaco or simply the Palace, the private residence of the Grimaldi family built in the 13th Century as a fortress. Do not miss the changing of the guard that takes place at 11:55 in the morning every day.
- If you cannot witness the Formula One Grand Prix in May, you can at least walk the 3.2km circuit that is open to the public other times of the year.
- Admire the Prince’s vintage car collection - At the end of the 1950s, the car enthusiast Prince Rainier III began collecting old cars. His collection gradually grew over the years as he acquired more and more models. Wander through the collection of about 100 cars, which is open to the public.
- Visit the Oceanographic Museum; built on the side of Monaco’s legendary Rocher, the Oceanographic Museum founded by H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco’s great-greatgrandfather Prince Albert I has been watching over the oceans for more than a century. The Museum is renowned throughout the world for its expertise and has more than 6,000 specimens on display.
- Enjoy a relaxing spa day at one of the many spa and wellness centres including the prestigious Thermes Marins Monte-Carlo.
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When to visit
A temperate climate, particularly mild and sunny for more than 300 days a year, makes Monaco a welcoming place. You will enjoy ideal conditions for visiting Monaco from April to October.